1 Americans Told To Stay At Home Due To Coronavirus
At last check, some 75-million Americans are now being told to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. While many are listening, a number are not – because for many, the question is: how long? Our country’s leading expert on infectious diseases says Americans will likely need to stay home for several more weeks. Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases says that if you look at "the curves of outbreaks," Americans will have to practice social distancing for at least several weeks. "I cannot see that all of a sudden, next week or two weeks from now it's going to be over,” he notes. “I don't think there's a chance of that." Still, Fauci tells CBS’ “Face The Nation” that he doesn't believe the U.S. will have the same coronavirus trajectory as Italy. For one, Italy didn’t take steps to keep infections out. "We're gonna get hit, there's no doubt about it." Taking to the podium yesterday, President Trump announced that he's issued ordered that allows the federal government to pay for the National Guard in states like New York, California and Washington State. Trump said the federal government has already sent critical medical equipment to those states, including respirators and masks. He's also ordered the creation of federal medical stations with thousands of beds to New York, California and Washington State.
2 Stimulus Bill Loses In The Senate
Senators will get another chance to vote on a massive coronavirus stimulus package today. This, after the trillion-dollar measure failed to earn enough support in a procedural vote, but another vote on the same bill will happen this morning. Not surprisingly, there’s finger-pointing in both directions of the aisle. While Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blames Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the vote's failure, Dems including Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are saying they couldn’t go along with a “corporate bailout fund” that doesn’t help average citizens more. McConnell says the new vote will take place right after Wall Street opens for what's expected to be another dismal day of trading. McConnell suggested that could change the minds of some Democrats.
3 Couple 3D Printing Face Masks For Coronavirus Testing Center
A couple in upstate New York is pitching in to help protect workers at a coronavirus testing center. Isaac Budmen and Stephanie Keefe of Onondaga County are 3D-printing protective face masks to help keep those on the front line safe. They say they started to make the face shields last weekend after learning a testing center was coming to their county. The couple started by producing 50 and will make 300 altogether as requested, using 16 3D printers for the job. They’ve been so busy creating the masks, they haven’t even decided on a price because they’re just trying to get it done as fast as they can. Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon said, “This is what we’re talking about when coming together as a community.